The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Garba Abari, has urged parents to instill moral values and discipline in their children for a better society.
Abari made the appeal on Friday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen.
According to him, a good upbringing is beneficial to the child, his parents and the wider society.
Abari said: “The upbringing of the child is not a government business.
“The basic responsibility of inculcating the correct behavior in the child begins with the parents.
“It goes outside the nuclear family to the immediate environment, what we call the community, to the school and then to the wider society.
“Government has a critical role to play in ensuring that there is really an enabling environment for a very sound moral upbringing of our younger ones for a sound exhibition of correct behaviour in the moral and attitude on the side of the child, his parents and the others in general.”
Abari regretted that some parents lacked the skills to train their children properly, hence abdicating their responsibility to others.
He added that core family values had been lost in the process and was impacting in a great dimension negatively on the younger generation.
He also stated: “It is therefore a lamentable situation when parents should abdicate the responsibility of the moral upbringing of the children to either the school, or to the government or to the housemaid.
Abari said: “The cumulative effect of what is now bedeviling the society is this gross abdication of parental responsibility as seen in the collapse of family values which are impacting very negatively on our younger ones.
“And that will have very far written implications on the stability of our society, on the peaceful coexistence that every society should strive to get and even on the general productivity of the child and by extension that of the society.”
He, however, said NOA was ensuring that the message of imbibing good morals in the home was embraced by parents.
Abari said the agency was working with relevant stakeholders to drive home moral gratitude adding that much progress cannot be made if not addressed nationally.
He further stated: “We in the NOA have the mandate through the Directorate of Behavioural Modification, liaising with religious organizations to continue to appeal, disseminate the correct message on the need to parent properly.
“At a time like this, quite a large number of parents are not parenting.
“This failure to parent is what we are seeing reflecting in all source of objectionable, condemnable behaviour that are being exhibited by children that come out of such homes.
“When you have parents that bring up children who begin to feel it doesn’t pay to be honest, that it pays to cut corners, then such kind of parents actually constitutes a great problem to the society.”
Abari added that children were the hope of every society and required dedication to train them.